Analysis Of Gilman 's The Yellow Wallpaper

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Even though “fiction” are stories that are not real, and many writers try not to have aspects of their life in their stories, you cannot deny that life; the environment one lived in, the orthodoxy that was accepted in the society at their time, one’s own belief, and many more, can influence what and how authors write a story. Gilman’s works are no different. We can see the “echoes” of Gilman’s life and the ideas the society in her time had in her well-known story, “The Yellow Wallpaper”. This story is thought to be influenced by her own experience of a “nervous breakdown”, or what we call today as postpartum depression, and the unusual treatments for it. Treating this symptom should be done by supporting the mother to her needs, but she was instead oppressed and assigned to “rest cure” by a male doctor, who was known as the best in the country during her time. Gilman was advised that she should “‘live as domestic a life as far as possible’” and “‘have but two hours’ intellectual life a day’”(448). This is almost the same setting as the story has, except the narrator is treated by her husband John, who is a physician. The narrator is also forbidden to “work”, and is given a scheduled prescription for every single hour in the day by John. However we must note that this story is a fiction, not a journalism, and take in the fact that the main character is unnamed. Gilman took her experience with the depression and spun out a tale with details that did not actually…

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